This qualification is designed for anyone (managers, supervisors and workers) in any type of organisation. It’s ideal for anyone who needs a broad understanding of health and safety issues to be able to manage day-to-day risks effectively. Many people take the International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (IGC) as a first step in a career in health and safety. It gives a valuable overview, and is a sound basis for further professional study.
There are no entry requirements for this qualification, however it is important that learners have a suitable standard of English language in order to understand and articulate the concepts contained in the syllabus.
NEBOSH recommends that learners undertaking this qualification should reach a minimum standard of English equivalent to an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or higher in IELTS tests.
NEBOSH has updated the International General Certificate – the most trusted health and safety qualification of its kind in the world. It’s designed to reflect the needs of today’s employer giving learners everything they need to know and do to make their workplace safer. 90,000 people already hold a NEBOSH International General Certificate (IGC). Why? Because it’s the gold standard in health and safety qualifications. The new syllabus has been streamlined to allow core skills to be considered in greater depth. It covers how to effectively manage health and safety, and how to identify, reduce and control the key hazards in every kind of workplace. Risk assessment is central to the IGC qualification making sure it reflects the real-life roles people perform.
The NEBOSH International General Certificate will give you invaluable knowledge and skills AND a globally respected qualification that supports your current role and your long-term career.
The qualification is:
According to ILO and EU-OSHA research, work-related injury and illness result in the loss of 3.9 % of GDP worldwide, at an annual cost of roughly €2,680 billion; ensure your employees go home safely to their families at the end of every day.
The NEBOSH International General Certificate is trusted by many prestigious organisations such as Maersk, Shell, BP, Skanska, Nestle and the Dubai World Trade Centre.
It can help to:
With in-depth focus on the things that matter, the NEBOSH International General Certificate covers the core skills you need, wherever in the world you work. You will learn:
This modern qualification combines activities, learning and interactive materials to provide you with an interesting and engaging experience. It focuses on key skills that means you can instantly apply the knowledge you gain and add value to your organisation.
Assessment is a two-step process:
Assessments are marked by external examiners appointed by NEBOSH. These examiners are chosen for their experience and expertise to ensure that learners are assessed by the very best from our industry.
Candidates are assessed with an Open Book (Home-Based) examination for the first 4 elements and a practical work-based risk assessment for the elements 5 to 11. The open book assessment will begin by giving you a scenario. This will typically describe a realistic organisation or workplace with an outline of normal operational activities and worker behaviour. The scenario may go on to outline a developing situation, such as an incident or safety intervention. You may be asked to imagine that you hold a specific role, such as a safety manager, in the workplace described. You will be asked to carry out a series of tasks, which may be split into several sub-tasks. We will specify the maximum marks available for each to help you manage your time. These tasks will partially or entirely draw on the sign posts and evidence within the scenario. Answers therefore need to be relevant to the scenario and, in some cases, specific evidence will be required to support answers. As there is an expectation of more detail and reflection, you will be given 24 hours to research and complete the examination. This is a challenge that really tests your ability to interpret the scenario before answering the questions set using the knowledge gained through your General Certificate studies. You will be able to complete the assessment at home wherever you are in the world. Dependent on the specific scenario, an example question might be: How could you improve consultation with the workforce in this organisation? Note: Support your answer using examples from the scenario.
For learners wishing to continue their professional development NEBOSH offers a wide range of internationally recognised qualifications.
For those wishing to study at a higher level, the NEBOSH Diplomas or Masters qualification offer the opportunity to gain one of the sector’s most prestigious qualifications.
Holders of the NEBOSH International General Certificate are entitled to:
The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety has been accredited and credit rated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Accreditation. It sits in the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) at SCQF Level 6 with 11 SCQF credit points.
SCQF Level 6 is comparable to RQF/CQFW Level 3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The invigilated paper-based exam is being permanently replaced by a new open-book examination (OBE).
The practical unit.
Syllabus - International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (June 2020 specification)
|1||Why we should manage workplace health and safety||Question paper
(Open book home-based examination Scenario based questions)
Unit IG1: Management of health and safety
Elements 1.1, 1.2 and 3.4
are also assessed by the practical assessment
|2||How health and safety management systems work and what they look like|
|3||Managing risk – understanding people and processes|
|4||Health and safety monitoring and measuring|
|5||Physical and psychological health||Practical assessment
Unit IG2: Risk assessment
|7||Chemical and biological agents|
|8||General workplace issues|
The NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (IGC) provides a broad understanding of health & safety issues and is an essential qualification for anyone working in or wanting to work in safety & health anywhere in the world.
The IGC looks at everyday solutions for general workplace health and safety issues. When you have completed the qualification, you will be able to:
The NEBOSH General Certificate is widely seen as the first step towards a career in health and safety. As well as providing a platform for higher level qualifications, such as the NEBOSH Diploma, the NEBOSH General Certificate also enables you to apply for membership of all types of professional bodies
People from around the world take the NEBOSH IGC Training Course as it gives them the skills and knowledge required to fulfill their health and safety responsibilities in any country and in any type of organization. However, the NEBOSH International General Certificate is best suitable for Managers, Supervisors, Worker Representatives, Safety Inspectors, CEOs, Directors, OSH Auditors and others who require an understanding of health and safety principles and practices.